Mark Cuban slammed after he accuses Trump ally Mike Pompeo of supporting higher drug costs

Mark Cuban slammed after he accuses Trump ally Mike Pompeo of supporting higher drug costs
Mark Cuban has reignited his criticism of pharmacy benefit managers, accusing former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of supporting them (Christopher Willard/ABC/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Mark Cuban has once again taken to social media, this time targeting former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accusing him of supporting pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which Cuban blames for high drug prices and the closure of independent pharmacies.

Cuban was responding to an op-ed written by Pompeo on Fox News, where the former secretary of state argued that the Biden administration's policies targeting PBMs will raise prescription drug costs for Americans.

Mark Cuban challenges Mike Pompeo and Fox News on PBM influence

Pompeo, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, contends that PBMs play a crucial role in negotiating lower drug prices and that the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) actions to regulate them will expand government power and hurt consumers.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10:  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participates in a press briefing i
Mark Cuban challenges Mike Pompeo on PBM influence (Getty Images)

"They are responsible for higher drug prices and independent pharmacies going out of business. Are you sure you want to be on their side?" Cuban pointedly asked Pompeo. He questioned Pompeo's supposed ties to PBMs and suggested that "they pay him well."

Cuban also addressed Fox News, urging it to consider the impact of PBMs on drug costs. He suggested that the network's human resources department contact him to explore how they could reduce their prescription drug expenses by bypassing large PBMs.

"I know you don't want to support higher drug costs. Have your HR people email me. I'll show you how you can dramatically cut your drug costs by dumping your big PBM," he tweeted.


Cuban ended his takedowns by sharing a graphic comparing PBM pricing across different pharmacies, highlighting significant discrepancies. "This is why you tell your CEO they are getting ripped off by their PBM and they need to change to a Pass Through PBM," he wrote.

Mark Cuban's crusade against PBMs

The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks has been vocally critical of PBMs, which he argues play a significant role in inflating drug prices and distorting the pharmaceutical market.

He founded the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, an online pharmacy aiming to provide medications at lower prices through a transparent pricing model. The investor says he aims to "be the low-cost provider of medications to patients."

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Mark Cuban attends the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June
The Dallas Mavericks owner criticizes PBMs for high drug prices and launches a transparent pricing online pharmacy (Getty images)

In the early stages of Trump's 2016 presidential run, Cuban, an investor on the TV show 'Shark Tank', appeared to support Trump's move from real estate to politics. In July 2015, Cuban praised Trump on his CyberDust app, calling him "probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time."

However, by the time Trump secured the GOP nomination in 2016, Cuban's stance had shifted significantly. He became a vocal critic of Trump, even offering $10 million for a four-hour interview where Trump would answer questions about his policies.

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Cuban has since expressed his intention to vote for President Joe Biden in the coming election, telling Bloomberg News in March, "I don't want a snake oil salesperson as president. I'm voting for Biden-Harris over Trump all day every day."

Recently, one of Cuban's posts on X gained attention for its critique of the Republican Party. In the post, Cuban quoted a farmer from Shelby County, Ohio, featured in a Guardian article discussing why more US farmers plan to vote for Biden in November.

Reactions to Cuban's critique of Pompeo and Fox news

The responses to Mark Cuban's critique of Mike Pompeo and Fox News reflect a spectrum of viewpoints and critiques

One user wrote, "Pompous Mike is easier to purchase than a Supremist Court judge."

Another user added, "I don't know much about Cuban, but Pompous A. is a garlic-sniffing ex Catholic turned Fundie who wants to bring about the end times apocalypse and he thinks supporting the settler-state is the best way he knows how."

One user replied, "No mention of what Cuban thinks of Bident's open border policy and the Fentanyl drugs Bident lets into the country."

Another user added, "Cuban owned by the left cashing in on govt contracts with the biden admin."

One commented, "Mark Cuban said it, so it must be true."

One stated, "Cuban doesn’t do anything that doesn’t make him money"

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